WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Capitals shipped Marty Erat out-of-town yesterday — in a series of acquisitions which netted the Capitals Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown, Dustin Penner and a 2015 4th-round pick — bringing an end to a nearly year-long failed experiment.
That experiment came at the cost of one of the organization’s top young prospects, Filip Forsberg, and yielded little production from Erat who spent the bulk of his time in Washington on the Caps’ fourth line, before demanding a trade in November.
Caps veteran forward Brooks Laich is hoping for no more bad apples who stink “like a fart” in the locker room.
In his weekly hit with the Junkies on Wednesday, Laich was asked whether players are ever asked for input on the current state of the locker room, and whether potential new acquisitions may or may not fit within it, by Capitals front office personnel.
“They might ask for input on that, and that’s one thing they’re very cautious of,” Laich said on 106. 7 The Fan.
“They want to bring in a player, who not only can help the team win, but who is also going to help the locker room and not hinder it,” he said. “Because you can get one bad apple in there that just stinks like a fart and just wrecks the whole room, or derails it sort of, a little bit.”
It was the ensuing followup questions which suggested the Capitals have, in at least one instance, brought in a player who disrupted the chemistry in the Washington’s locker room.
“Has that happened in D.C. in your tenure?” EB asked.
“To be honest, there’s been one player that came in one time that just rocked the boat a little bit,” Laich admitted. “And guys weren’t too sad when he moved on.”
“Joe Corvo!” Cakes took a guess.
“Nope,” Laich said.
“Did any of the players — any of the veterans — say something to him when he was doing that?” Lurch asked.
“No, his time was very brief and by the time that he had moved on, if it had gone on for longer, maybe guys would have said something. I don’t know. It wasn’t quite the right fit for our locker room.”
You have your mission, Caps fans. You’re now armed with just enough details (his time in D.C. was short-lived, his name is not Joe Corvo) to maybe identify the former Capitals player who “rocked the boat” in the locker room, to the extent he had to be moved out of D.C.